With the squad having returned to pre-season training last Saturday, we caught up with new recruit Jacob Cook. After nearly 18 weeks with no football, Jacob was delighted to get back out on the training pitch.
"It was a great feeling to be back out there with the lads. It's been a long time coming. It was nice to have a break but everyone was buzzing to be back out there today."
The 22 year old who signed for The Tudors after spells with Billericay and Wealdstone was impressed with some of his new teammates and noted the work that people had put in away from the training pitch. "Overall the team is looking sharp and strong and you can see those who have put in the work during the lockdown period. It was great to meet the lads today and some old faces that I have known for a few years."
It has been no secret that Lee Bircham demands his teams to be at peak fitness throughout the season and a lot has been said before the session about his traditional pre-season fitness regime! "I'll be honest and say I was surprised but buzzing to see the gaffer had the balls out for the first session. Of course he wasn't going to let us get away with no running! Personally I felt good after the session and took it all in my stride. It's early days but the first session is always a good sign of things to come."
With the start date for the new season yet to be confirmed, the players are still focussed on the task in hand when that time comes. With an exciting new era at the club Jacob cannot wait to make his debut for the club. "I can't wait to get back playing and have that winning feeling. Yes, of course it is important for us as individuals to get minutes under our belt but as a team we need togetherness in order to pick up as many points in those first run of games. It will only help us build confidence to take us into the rest of the season."
With Jacob not living too far away and having previously played for neighbours Kings Langley, he wholeheartedly buys into the community aspect of the club. "I want to be part of a club where everyone works hard for each other. That starts from the dressing room right through to the club house after the game. I want to be part of a team that is not just about the First XI but those on the bench, the backroom staff and the fans. If we are all together, we can all enjoy the journey and achieve big things."
Check out our behind the scenes video of Day 1 of pre-season
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